Posted July 16, 2021 by Mike Goldstein, AlbumCoverHallofFame.com
As we enter into the final weekend of my youth (I turn 65 next week and become an official “senior citizen” – OMG!), I find it necessary to prove to you all that I can still function pretty well mentally and will do so by reminding you of one thing that I’ve previously written about – i.e., the premiere on Friday of the six-episode series ICON: Music Through The Lens which will showcase many of the people who’ve created our favorite and most-memorable music-industry images – and also make you aware of a unique opportunity to bid in “timed-auction” style on a collection of David Bowie-related art from the personal portfolio of Edward Bell, the artist who created the fascinating artwork and production elements used to package the Scary Monsters (& Super Creeps) record for Bowie in 1980 and for Tin Machine II – released in 1991 by the band he was a member of.
– As reported previously, the ICON series had its premiere in the U.K. late last year and was produced by a top-notch team which included Executive Producer Andy Saunders, acclaimed music director Dick Carruthers and legendary music photographer Gered Mankowitz (who served as the series curator and Exec. Producer. ICON follows the lives and often wild experiences of the artists who documented popular music in images, from the earliest darkrooms to the fast-evolving digital landscapes of the present day. The series’ first episode premieres Friday, July 16, with new episodes being shown on consecutive Fridays through August 6, 2021 (9:00-10:00 p.m. ET & August 13, 2021, 9:00-11:00 p.m. ET; check local listings) on PBS, PBS.org and the PBS Video app.
Just some of the over 50 photographers interviewed alongside Gered Mankowitz about their work in music include: Jill Furmanovsky, Kevin Westenberg, Terry O’Neill, Kevin Cummins, Bob Gruen, Rachael Wright, Deborah Feingold, Baron Wolman, Neal Preston, Roger Sargent, Dean Chalkley, Tom Sheehan, Pooneh Ghana, Michael Zagaris, Mick Rock, Danny Clinch, Christie Goodwin, Albert Watson, Lynn Goldsmith and Rankin to name but a few. Sharing eye-opening insights from a musician’s viewpoint are Alice Cooper, Craig David, Nick Mason (Pink Floyd), Glen Matlock (Sex Pistols), Ziggy Marley, Lars Ulrich, (Metallica), Zara Larsson, Stefflon Don, Julian Lennon, Dizzee Rascal and many others. You’ll also see an interview with Jim Hartley and Theron Kabrich, co-founders of the San Francisco Art Exchange gallery and who’ve been long proponents of the promotion and sale of collectible rock music photos and prints.
The folks at SFAE were also kind enough to share a link to a video clip originally shot for the series that includes Jerry Schatzberg commenting on pricing for his limited-edition prints of Bob Dylan and the gallery owners giving us some background info on one of the most-desirable set of prints – those for Abbey Road by The Beatles, for which the original photographer was paid very little to produce – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5HHrkS1vsCI
To learn more and watch a video intro to the series, click on over to – https://iconmusicthroughthelens.com/
– Currently on display at The Dory Gallery (Regent Street, Llangollen, UK) through August 1st is a collection of production artwork and related imagery from the personal archives of Edward Bell, the artist who was commissioned to design the artwork for two albums that the late musician David Bowie was intimately involved in – the Scary Monsters (& Super Creeps) record released in 1980 (his last for RCA) and for the second and final record – Tin Machine II – that band released in 1991.
According to Abigail Molenaar, the Modern & Contemporary Art Specialist for Halls Fine Art in Shrewsbury, UK (a bit NW of Birmingham in Shropshire) who curated the collection, the grouping “includes his original designs and concepts, photographs of Bowie and the band from the photoshoots as well as original paintings and sculptures that have never before been sold on the open market.” The 139 lots that will be up for bid beginning July 16th includes photos and contact sheets, design concept/sketch boards, posters, album/single cover mock-ups, sculptures and works of fine art Bell’s created inspired by the many looks and personalities put on display by the late actor/musician/visual artist. This auction should be of interest to collectors of all types, as pre-auction estimates for some items begin as low as £100, with most items in the £200 – £2000 range (before fees).
There’s a handy virtual catalog on the auction house’s site that provides an easy way to page through the items up for bid, so click on over to the site to begin your search for something fun to add to your Bowie and/or album art collection – https://fineart.hallsgb.com/auction/details/6011-timed-auction—the-david-bowie-collection-of-artist-edward-bell/?au=294 The auction runs through August 1st.